Photographer's Note

Two years ago, on D-Day, I posted a photo taken at Omaha Beach two weeks after a ceremony celebrating the 65th anniversary of the D-Day landings. President Obama had attended, along with other national leaders. My photo showed a small section of this sculpture in the background. Today, I post another photo to mark the 70th anniversary of the day when so many brave men lost their lives, also taken in 2009, showing the commemorative sculpture 'Les Braves' by Anilore Banon. It was commissioned by the French Government to mark the 60th anniversary in 2004; it was not intended to be permanent, but in response to a public petition the stainless steel sculpture was left standing.

The winged shapes represent the wings of hope, and of fraternity, and two vertical columns between the wings represent the rise of freedom.

This photo, from an alternative viewpoint, by John Cherrington, shows more clearly the position of the wings and columns as described above.

I wonder how many veterans of D-Day will still be with us when the 75th commemoration takes place. Today, the very youngest of them must be 88 or 89 years old. My father, who died two years ago at the age of 93, was in Burma on the original D-Day, but early in the war he had been returned to England from Dunkirk on one of the last few tiny vessels to arrive home safely. I suppose there would have been a poetic symmetry if he had also been at Sword Beach on D-Day 1944.

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